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International Trade

  • July 27, 2018

    Near-Extinct Porpoise Prompts CIT Seafood Import Ban Order

    The Trump administration has been ordered by the U.S. Court of International Trade to ban seafood imported from Mexico when it is caught in a certain area with an all-encompassing net that kills the world's smallest, most endangered porpoise.

  • July 27, 2018

    Korean Firm Says Florida Co. Botched $3.9M Petcoke Deal

    A South Korean petrochemical sales company filed suit Thursday in Florida federal court against an import and export business it claims lied about its ability to secure $3.9 million worth of petrochemical coke, an oil refining byproduct, and took the money without ever delivering the product.

  • July 27, 2018

    Commerce Says Taiwan Is Dumping Forged Steel Fittings

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has finalized tariffs on Taiwanese imports of forged steel fittings used primarily by the oil and gas industry after finding the product was sold in the U.S. below fair value, according to a notice to be published Monday in the Federal Register.

  • July 27, 2018

    US, EU Trade Alliance Hits Early Snag Over Agriculture

    Mere days after the Trump administration decided to hold new trade talks with the European Union, officials from both governments were sending mixed messages about whether agricultural items would be included in the scope of the upcoming discussions.

  • July 26, 2018

    Cos. Urged To Seek DOJ's Opinion On M&A Bribery Risks

    A U.S. Department of Justice official has urged corporations looking to acquire a company with possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act risks to take advantage of the DOJ's FCPA opinion procedure — but attorneys working in the space say that's not always an option.

  • July 26, 2018

    What You Need To Know About Trump's EU Trade Epiphany

    In a span of 10 days, President Donald Trump went from ripping the European Union as a “foe” that has “clobbered” the U.S. on trade to proudly posting a photo of himself receiving a kiss on the cheek from the president of the European Commission following their vow to launch new trade talks. Here, Law360 fills you in on a move with big implications for the transatlantic powerhouses.

  • July 26, 2018

    Senate Tees Up Tariff-Slashing Bill For Trump's Signature

    The Senate approved a bill aimed at lowering tariffs on 1,800 imports for products that have a minimal threat on domestic industry, setting up the legislation for President Donald Trump's signature, Senate Finance Committee leaders said Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    ITC Order Recommends Banning Roomba Rivals' Imports

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has recommended banning Roomba maker iRobot Corp.'s competitors from importing robotic vacuum products that infringe its patents, but also invalidated several claims on those patents, according to a recently unsealed opinion.

  • July 26, 2018

    Resolve China Trade War, GOP Lawmakers Urge Trump

    A group of Republican lawmakers urged President Donald Trump in a letter Wednesday to craft a new trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping that would put an end to the escalating trade war between the two countries.

  • July 26, 2018

    ITC To Probe Imports Of Standing Desk Platforms

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened a probe into standing desk platforms after a Texas desk maker accused several companies located in the U.S. and China of selling imports that infringe three of its patents, the agency announced in a press release Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    Russian Exporter Indicted Over $65M Smuggling Scheme

    A Russian citizen accused of carrying out a $65 million electronics smuggling scheme between New Jersey and Moscow with his son was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of violating United States export laws, federal prosecutors announced.

  • July 25, 2018

    US, France Sanction Cos. That Gave Weapons Tech To Syria

    In a coordinated action with the French government, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has slapped sanctions on a group of electronics companies and affiliated people after determining they helped Syria build up its chemical weapons program, the department said Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    EU, US Making A Bid To Cool Rising Trade Tensions

    The U.S. and European Union agreed on Wednesday to begin new discussions aimed at slashing tariffs and other trade barriers on both sides of the Atlantic, with a particular focus on industrial goods and energy products as part of an effort to ease tensions between the economic powerhouses.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Energy Dept. Finalizes Rule For Small-Scale LNG Exports

    The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a rule that would automatically approve small amounts of liquefied natural gas exports to nations that don’t have free trade agreements with the U.S., according to a filing published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • July 25, 2018

    Trump's Rescue Of Trade-Stressed Farmers Yields New Risks

    President Donald Trump's attempt to provide support for farmers caught in the crossfire of his trade enforcement push has been met with almost universal skepticism and may end up creating a new set of headaches for the administration.

  • July 25, 2018

    UK Proposes 3-Year Passporting Grace Period After Brexit

    The U.K. government has published draft rules that would allow European firms to carry out regulated activity in Britain for up to three years after Brexit through the use of “passporting” rights — even if no transition deal with the EU is secured.

  • July 24, 2018

    Textron Must Disclose Legal Advice On Cluster Bomb Deal

    Textron Systems Corp. must turn over documents surrounding legal advice it received 14 years ago that could shed light on whether the last U.S. company to have manufactured cluster bombs was justified in cutting a Saudi consultant out of a $1 billion deal, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    $717B Defense Bill Raises Troop Pay, Skips Contentious Items

    The final $717 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act supports some U.S. Department of Defense priorities like a new battlefield monitoring network while pushing back against others through moves like restricting the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey and leaving many contentious proposals out entirely.

  • July 24, 2018

    GOP Donor Wants State Dept. Input In Qatar Hacking Case

    A prominent Republican fundraiser accusing the Qatari government of authorizing the hacking of his servers as part of an alleged smear campaign asked a California federal court to request a statement from the U.S. Department of State on the potential national security implications of the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • New Steel Measures Are A Test For ITC Sunset Reviews

    Jay Campbell

    The U.S. government regularly conducts “sunset reviews” to determine whether an existing anti-dumping or countervailing duty order should be revoked. The agency that reviews these orders tends to lean heavily in favor of keeping the duties — but the recently imposed steel tariffs make continuation of these other trade remedies harder to justify, says Jay Campbell of White & Case LLP.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Policy Is Changing For Technology Transfers

    Kevin O'Brien

    The Trump administration and Congress are tightening investment restrictions and export controls to address technology transfer concerns. These measures initially focus on China, but will have broader effects on investments in the United States and transfers of emerging technologies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.